1042 GMT March 09, 2021
Ebrahim Raeisi rejected the United Nations’ latest resolution on the human rights situation in Iran, saying it had been drafted and sponsored by Canada and supported by the Israeli regime, the United States and some European countries, Press TV reported.
“Today, it has been proven to all that the Western countries are using UN resolutions as a political tool against independent countries,” he said.
The anti-Iran resolution was passed with 79 ‘yes’ votes at the third committee of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, even though 32 countries had voted against it and 64 others abstained from voting.
Raeisi said the majority of countries have been opposed to the anti-Iran resolution.
“The fact that the majority of the 193 countries did not back this so-called human rights resolution exposed the nature of the architects of this resolution and [showed that] most countries have realized that human rights have been seriously politicized,” he said.
The top justice said the importance of issuing a resolution against Canada, which is "one of the main human rights violators and has also turned into a safe haven for criminals.”
Raeisi reiterated Iran’s full commitment to human rights principles and said the Islamic Republic observes human rights values and principles based on religious teachings and the country's Constitution.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the “unacceptable” resolution as a rehash of “groundless” claims about the Islamic Republic’s human rights situation, saying it instead proves the “hypocrisy” of the “notorious” group of countries that voted for it.
Khatibzadeh noted that the move made by the Ottawa government and other sympathizers of the resolution is a clear example of “abusing lofty human rights concepts and values in order to achieve short-sighted political objectives” and emphasized that it “lacks any legal grounds and effect.”
Ali Baqeri-Kani, the head of the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights, has also dismissed the UN report, saying it contains substantive flaws since it is politically-motivated and based on unsubstantiated allegations of terrorists tied to governments hostile to the Iranian nation.
In a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Baqeri-Kani highlighted that the report entirely focuses on negative cases and refrains from attesting to the country's tireless efforts and measures to promote and uphold human rights.